[ExI] Easter Island again

Emlyn emlynoregan at gmail.com
Fri Mar 27 06:45:37 UTC 2009

2009/3/26 Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>:
> At 10:15 PM 3/25/2009 -0700, Lee wrote:
> [Keith:]
>>> This is in the context of mining the moon.  I don't see how
>>> to do it.  I don't know if I could do it on a budget of many billions
>>> and ship loads of equipment.
>> Nice challenge. How about hydroponics? Is the capital chain
>> really so long that the mining, smelting, and so on couldn't
>> be done, say, with your billion $ or so up front to start it
>> off?
> But but but--Jeff has already said twice that he's talking about
> *telefactored bots* on the moon, directed or perhaps overseen from earth
> (but presumably with some fairly wily computer programs on board; I can
> imagine a large central thing as well with lots of grunt, but that might
> well be less realistic these days than a cloud or swarm). No humans need be
> harmed in the making of this Luna!
> Objection 1: it's too soon, we don't have good enough bots. Reply: Moore's
> Law and lots of dollars. Objection 2: you can't make anything useful out of
> dirt without ample water. Reply: erm, well, good point. Is it a killer
> objection?
> Damien Broderick

I think we westerners might not have good enough bots, but I bet the
Japanese do.


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